Medical Projects - Overseas Hospital Work Experience - Kilimanjaro

Overseas Hospital Work Experience

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Maximum number of students per week

Hospital shadowing hours worked

Community volunteering hours completed

Safaris taken so far


Project Kilimanjaro is one of our overseas hospital work experience options which is a residential course designed for students looking to gain an insight into an overseas healthcare system. There is also a key volunteering element, where all students spend at least one day per week volunteering with local charities and community organisations.

Students complete a minimum of 25 hours of hospital work experience, shadowing experienced doctors and healthcare professionals across a number of different hospital departments. Our local hospital partnerships mean that students gain a fantastic overview of healthcare in hospitals – with students splitting their time between outpatient clinics, operating theatres and inpatient wards. 

Students also have the chance to spend a day giving something back to the local community through our outreach programmes, spending time teaching young children or visiting local women living with HIV. 

All students stay in our own Medical Projects accommodation, where they can relax each evening and discuss the latest medical cases and their university applications with fellow students. We recommend students join us for at least two weeks in Kilimanjaro, but the project can be booked in 1-4 week experiences depending on personal preference.


This course is for students aged 16+ looking for overseas hospital work experience combined with a cultural learning experience. We accept students interested in gaining experience in pre-medicine, pre-midwifery, pre-nursing and pre-dentistry, and we can tailor the course to each student’s individual career aspirations. 


✓ A minimum of 25 hours overseas hospital experience per week

✓ Shadowing experienced Consultants, Doctors and Healthcare Professionals

✓ Weekly language classes

✓ Mock multiple mini interviews (MMIs) conducted by experienced interviewers with feedback

✓ A minimum of one day volunteering in the local community

✓ 24/7 staff from UK office on project with students

✓ Accommodation, breakfast and dinner


  • Overall Learning Experience 92% 92%
  • Friendliness of local staff 99% 99%
  • University Application Advice 95% 95%
  • Social Activities 96% 96%
  • Student Recommendation % 100% 100%


1. Shadow experienced Healthcare Professionals. Students spend a minimum of 25 hours per week shadowing experienced local Doctors, Nurses, Midwives, or Dentists in our partner hospital. 

2. Gain essential work experience. Nearly 90% of UK Medical Schools require their applicants to have gained medical work experience to support their university application. Our Overseas Hospital Work Experience in Kilimanjaro allows students to experience working life in a hospital setting. 

3. Obtain genuine insight.  Medicine is a demanding and high pressure career choice for students, as well as being a long and expensive university course. It is therefore vital that students understand the realities of life working in medicine before committing to it. Our course allows students to develop an understanding of the future careers they plan to pursue, so that they can make informed decisions. 

4. Perfect your interview techniques. Students take part in mock multiple mini interviews (MMIs) conducted by experienced interviewers, allowing them to get feedback on their answers and prepare for the real thing!

5. Give something back to the local community. It is important to us that the local community benefits from our time in Kilimanjaro and that what we do is sustainable. All of our students spend time on local community outreach projects, and Medical Projects makes a charity donation on behalf of each student. Students can spend time helping local women living with HIV, or teaching at a local primary school.

6. Make friends from all over the world. Students join our trips from more than 47 countries, allowing those joining us to meet friends from across the globe!

7. Experience a different culture. All students take part in a basic Swahili lesson to help them communicate with patients in the hospital. We also include a range of Tanzanian dishes in our accommodation and our local Kilimanjaro team make sure students experience the best of the local culture!


Hospital Work Experience
  • Gain medical work experience required for the UCAS application
  • In-depth knowledge of the role of a Doctor, Nurse, Midwife or Dentist
  • Insight into a different country’s healthcare system
  • Gain knowledge on a range of different medical conditions
  • Understand a range of medical treatments for common medical conditions
  • Be able to reflect on your own performance within a teamwork role and independently
  • Spend time in a variety of different healthcare settings including clinics, wards and surgical theatres
Cultural Experience
  • Gain an appreciation of a different culture and country
  • Learn some basic Swahili phrases and put them into practice for day-to-day tasks
  • Sample a range of different food and drinks
  • Gain an insight into the Maasai tribe’s culture within Tanzania
  • Join a weekend safari and spot some of Africa’s world-famous big five
Volunteering Experience
  • Spend at least one full day volunteering
  • Gain an understanding of the challenges faced by people living below the poverty line
  • Gain an understanding into the role of education in a developing economy
  • Put the medical conditions experienced in the hospital into perspective


Sunday (Arrival)

Students arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and are met by a member of the Medical Projects team. After journeying to our base in Arusha to meet the rest of the group, students take part in a welcome induction and have a group dinner. 

Monday (AM)

Monday morning is our first day at the hospital. Students travel by minibus from our accommodation and are split into pairs to meet their Doctors. The morning is spent shadowing across their allocated departments before finishing for lunch at around 1:30pm.

Monday (PM)

The afternoon starts with lunch in Arusha town centre, before we start our local orientation tour. Staff take students around the centre of town and show students all the local points of interest they will need to know during their stay. Now is also the time to buy a local sim card for those all important scenic snapchats!

Tuesday (AM)

We are back in the hospital this morning – this time, in a new department. Tuesday is a scheduled surgery day across Tanzania, so students may get the opportunity to observe some common surgeries, such as hernia repairs or Caesarian sections.

Tuesday (PM)

After finishing at the hospital, students head back into town to grab some lunch at a local restaurant – perhaps even opting to try the country’s most popular dish, Ugali – a cornmeal porridge often served with a spicy stew (it’s delicious!) After lunch, it’s time to explore the local markets and stock up on souvenirs.

Wednesday (AM)

It’s time to shadow again this morning, perhaps in the outpatient department (OPD). The OPD is the first point of call for all patients coming to the hospital, acting as both the Emergency Department and a GP surgery. Patients are assessed here and either treated quickly or admitted into one of the inpatient wards. 

Wednesday (PM)

Today, it is time for a quick lunch on the go, as the team heads to take part in a hike to a local waterfall. Then, it is back to the accommodation to get ready for mock MMIs! Students rotate around a number of stations which closely resemble the real thing, and gain valuable feedback.

Thursday (AM)

While the majority of the group head back to the hospital today, for a few students it is time to take part in our community outreach project. The morning is spent meeting children in a daycare class at a local children’s home, before heading out into the local village to meet women who are living with HIV. Students help to carry food donations, clean houses, or simply engaging with the women and listening to their stories.

Thursday (PM)

In the afternoon, students head to a local charity primary school to meet the children and teach them a little bit about their home countries. We then help to serve lunch to the school’s 190 children, before joining the school team for lunch ourselves. After finishing up, it is time to head back to Arusha town to meet back up with the rest of the group and relax for the evening.

Friday (AM)

Today is the last day at the hospital this week, and time to shadow a doctor in one of the inpatient wards. The largest wards belong to the internal medicine department, which looks after patients with a variety of conditions including malaria, HIV related illnesses, and TB.

Friday (PM)

Friday afternoon is free time, where students can take part in a number of activities, including visiting the nearby Lake Duluti to go canoeing. From the lake, you can even spot monkeys and monitor lizards in the surrounding trees! The, the whole group will head out for dinner at a local restaurant and say goodbye to any students reaching the end of their trip.

Saturday (AM)

Students who are departing this weekend pack up their belongings and prepare for the journey home. Those staying for the weekend can head off on a safari adventure today! It is an early start to make it over to the national park, where students will take part in game drives to spot some of Africa’s legendary animals.

Saturday (PM)

After lunch at a viewpoint in the national park, it is time for some more animal spotting on an afternoon game drive. As the sun starts to set, the group will head back to Arusha, arriving back in time for dinner and a relaxing night at home watching movies and playing cards.


For students in their second week of placement, today is a day for relaxing after a long and busy week! Students can choose how to spend the day, perhaps visiting the markets, taking part in a cooking class, or heading to the hotsprings for a swim. New students arrive throughout the day, and everyone comes together for dinner to welcome the new arrivals!

Following Week

On Monday morning our week starts again and we head back to the hospital to spend time shadowing. Students will spend the week rotating through hospital departments, to ensure they see as many different areas of medicine as possible. 

Please note, the above timetable is an example of a typical Project Kilimanjaro week. Depending on hospital availability, Doctor schedules and public holidays this is subject to change.


We hire private accommodation for all of our students. Staff and students share single-gender dormitory style rooms with private bathrooms. 

Our accommodation is owned and managed by our local Kilimanjaro team, who are always on hand to solve any issues, and provide local advice and tips. Our house is in a quiet, residential area, and is set within a walled garden with gates for added peace of mind. 


All students are met on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) by a member of the Medical Projects team. All in-country transport is provided using our tried and tested transport partners and drivers.


A continental breakfast is provided each morning at the accommodation before heading to the hospital. Breakfast will vary a little from day to day but generally includes toast, jam and spreads, fruit, local Tanzanian specialities, and eggs. 

Lunch is usually taken in the town centre where there are a variety of cafes and local restaurants serving both international and Tanzanian cuisine. 

Dinner is provided each evening at our accommodation. Meals vary each night but include a mixture of Tanzanian dishes and international food. We are very happy to cater for all dietary requirements with notice. 


Our staff are present at the hospital during all shadowing placements, and also accompany students to all afternoon and weekend activities. 

All students are also provided with emergency contact cards before they travel so that they can get hold of our local team 24 hours a day!

Staff also stay at the same accommodation and we always have a female member of staff on duty at night. 


Although delivering an amazing learning experience is our main focus, we also understand students want to socialise and explore in their free time. Our team have a variety of excursions and socials to ensure students make the most of their time in Kilimanjaro. These include a tour of the local towns, visits to the local Maasai markets, orphanage and volunteering visits, natural waterfall visits, local food markets, restaurants trips and student socials.


One of the most popular elements of our Kilimanjaro course is the local community volunteering. Students take part in small groups of 3-4 during the week, accompanied by a member of staff. The volunteering is based in villages around the town of Usa River, and is split into three main parts. Students can visit a local children’s home to play with the children and teach them some basic English, or help plant food in the kitchen garden behind the house. 

The students then visit the houses of 4-5 local women living with HIV. The women are often very poor as they are unable to work due to illness, or have been abandoned by family members. Our local charity partner visits up to 50 women a week to provide support, donate food, and help to clean their houses or fetch water. Students will join these outreach visits and meet the women the organisation is helping. 

Students then visit a local charity-funded primary school, which provides free education to nearly 200 local children. Students will spend time with the children and help serve lunch to the entire school. 


For those students who are joining us for two weeks or more, there is the option to join a safari during the weekend. We organise a day trip to the Tarangire National Park, where students will have the chance to see elephants, giraffe, buffalo, wild boar, flamingos, monkeys and various wildlife.


1 Week Total – £1185

2 Week Total – £1685

3 Week Total – £2185

4 Week Total – £2685

The course fee is paid in two instalments. A £290 deposit is taken to reserve your space and then, the remaining balance is due 90 days before your placement start date. 


1. Flights

2. Visa (50 USD)

3. Work permit (200 USD)

4. Spending money (approx £60 per week)

5. Lunch money (approx £5 per day)

6. Medical Scrubs & PPE Eqiupment



14th July – 20th July 2019 – FULLY BOOKED

21st July – 27th July 2019 – FULLY BOOKED

28th July – 3rd August 2019 – FULLY BOOKED

4th August – 10th August 2019  1 PLACE REMAINING

Academic Year 2019/2020 Dates:

12th July – 18th July 2020

19th July – 25th July 2020

26th July – 1st August 2020

2nd August – 8th August 2020

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